Former UAlbany student admits to false claims about bus incident, pedestrian hit in Schenectady, new record for swimming Lake George

UAlbany student admits to false claims about bus incident
One of the three students who claimed to be the victims of a racially-motivated attack on a CDTA bus earlier this year, admitted in court on Tuesday that elements of the story were fabricated. In a plea deal, Alexis Briggs pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and will perform 100 hours of community service. The other two women in the case could face up to two years in jail.[TU][WNYT][TWCN]

Casino payouts
Schenectady, Albany, Rensselaer and Saratoga Counties along with the city of Schenectady, are among 22 upstate municipalities that are already getting millions in casino payouts. The Capital Region received $10 million from Rush Street Gaming.[TU][Gazette]

Pedestrian hit in Schenectady
A 57-year old Schenectady woman was treated at Albany Medical Center after being hit by a car as she tried to cross State Street late Tuesday night. [Gazette]

Making 787 Cohoes entrance safer
The death of a high school student at the Cohoes entrance to 787 prompted a meeting between Mayor Sean Morse and State DOT officials to determine how to make the stretch of highway safer. Plans under discussion include lowering the speed limit and changing the character of the road to a boulevard with lighting, trees and traffic islands. [TU][TWCN]

Police investigating Albany gunshots
Police are looking into reports of gunshots fired near Clinton Avenue in the city on Tuesday evening at about 5pm. [TU]

Mystery canisters secured
Federal officials say canisters dozens of stainless steel canisters found buried at a former weapons testing site near GlobalFoundries in Malta have now been secured in a special containment locker. [TU]

Man jumps in Hudson to elude police
A Connecticut man is in the Albany County Jail after he sped away from a traffic stop, hit another car and tried to elude police by jumping in the Hudson.[TWCN]

Body recovered under Troy bridge
Search teams found the body of a missing woman in the Hudson, near the Troy-Menands bridge, after her car was discovered abandoned on the bridge with a flat tire. [TU]

Another Albany water main break
Crews are repairing two water main breaks in Albany today -- one on Central Avenue at grounds place and other on Route 2. Last week a main broke on Spring Street in the city and earlier this month a break shut down a section of Madison Avenue. It's a problem a lot of cities are facing these days. [TU][WSJ]

Nissan dealership ordered to pay $119K
The former Saratoga Nissan auto dealership has agreed to pay $119,000 to 119 customers who were defrauded by the dealership. [Gazette]

Historic building to become apartments
The Galesi Group has released a $3.2 million plan to redevelop the former Schenectady D.S.S. building into apartments. [Gazette]

Beloved bookseller dies
Beloved Book House employee Norman Nissen, who used to back up his Book House selections with a money back guarantee, has died. [TU]

Kindergarden class
A former Rotterdam kindergarden teacher sends her first class off to college. [Gazette]

New record for swimming Lake George
A Saratoga Springs man swam the length of Lake George in 18 hours 22 minutes and 54 seconds this weekend, breaking the 33 year old record by more than two hours. [News 10]

Happening today:

Baseball
The Tri-City ValleyCats have a three-game home stand at The Joe against Vermont. Wednesday-Friday 7 pm -- $5.75 ahead / $7 day of (and up)

Music

Lucius at Upstate Concert Hall
Indie pop. With: Margaret Glaspy. 8 pm -- $10.27 ahead / $15 day of
Skeeter Creek at Rockin' on the River
Country. With: MaryLeigh Roohan. 5 pm -- free

Sirsy at Freedom Park
Opens the season of free concerts at the Scotia park. 7 pm -- free

Comments

Ah, the old Prisoner's Dilemma thought experiment from Political Science class. Defendants 1 and 2 hold strong; Defendant 3 takes the deal and gets almost no real penalty. Now Defendants 1 and 2 are pretty screwed because Defendant 3 has just said that the whole thing was made up.

[The prisoner's dilemma is a standard example of a game analyzed in game theory that shows why two completely "rational" individuals might not cooperate, even if it appears that it is in their best interests to do so.]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prisoner%27s_dilemma

It's good to hear that one individual had the moral fortitude and decency to do the right thing, admit to her mistakes and accept responsibility. The other two deserve what's coming, especially after getting thrown under the bus by their 'friend'. I'm still awaiting the apology from U of Albany president Robert Jones for his actions in this matter.

Errata:
Beloved Book House employee Norman *Nissen*, who used to *back* up his selections...

Editors: Fixed. Thank you.

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